Back in the ’90’s I had a very poor opinion of HR.  This was based on my direct experience with a rather large HR department at a large consulting firm.  They operated in a very compartmentalized capacity, dotted i’s and crossed t’s quite well but did nothing to enhance the strategic framework of the organization.  In turn no one took them very seriously or truly looked to them as a strategic partner for the organization.

I have been away from that firm for a long time –  I hope HR realized the opportunities lost and in turn have become a strategic business partner at the table to help the organization be ready for the global environment, challenging economic times, so that the organization is positioned and ready to meet its goals and objectives via human capital and the skills gap.

I Don’t Buy Kleenex. Do You?

Everyday, there are graphics that catch our attention.  Today, I saw one from The Keas Blog that did just that.  It has been circulated over 80 times across Facebook and Twitter, so I’m sure some of you have seen it as well.  At first, I thought it was kinda cute.  However, after 20 minutes or so, I changed my mind and here’s why….

This graphic is totally “old school.”  For those HR professionals that do more than just find “cuddly” things to say to employees, the graphic is way off the mark. This type of generalization is why employees have the wrong idea of what HR actually does in the first place.

Even though this is supposed to be funny and witty, I find it non-creative and and so “yesterday.”  I don’t work in Personnel.  I don’t hold your hand while you fill out your tax forms.  I don’t care if someone stole your tuna sandwich out of the fridge.  I go to work to build relationships, understand my clients, and help to create strategic solutions that drive the business forward, to help us compete in the market place. I don’t buy Kleenex.

What are your thoughts?  Like the graphic or hate it?  I’m pretty sure you know what I think.

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